ESG

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An art-funk ensemble from the South Bronx, ESG (Emerald Sapphire & Gold) was formed by sisters Renee, Valerie, and Marie Scroggins, all of whom handle vocals and percussion, and friends David Miles (guitar) and Leroy Glover (bass). ESG's music is centered around the sisters' complex polyrhythms with atmosphere supplied by bass and pop-flavored guitar. During their first incarnation, the group signed with 99 Records and issued a debut self-titled EP in 1981 that featured three live and three studio songs, the latter produced by the legendary Martin Hannett (Joy Division, etc.). 1982's ESG Says Dance to the Beat of Moody EP continued in a similar vein, as did their first full-length album, 1983's Come Away With ESG. ESG disbanded shortly thereafter, but unexpectedly re-formed in the early '90s, heralding their comeback with a self-titled 1991 compilation of previously released material. The group's work had become popular among hip-hop artists searching for samples, with such acts as TLC, the Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, and indie rockers Unrest all making use of ESG beats; the group addressed this issue on the 1992 12" EP Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills. ESG Live! appeared in 1995, featuring both old and new material. The group continued to record during the late '90s, and even added Scroggins' daughters Chistelle and Nicole.
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Albums

99-003 Come Away With ESG — ESG ESG Come Away With ESG (Album) 99 Records (2) 99-003 US 1983 Sell This Version
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NEGA 719 ESG Live! — ESG ESG ESG Live!(CD, Album) Nega Fulô Records NEGA 719 US 1995 Sell This Version
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SJR CD64 Step Off — ESG ESG Step Off (Album) Soul Jazz Records SJR CD64 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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SJR LP138 Keep On Moving — ESG ESG Keep On Moving (Album) Soul Jazz Records SJR LP138 UK 2006 Sell This Version
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none Closure — ESG ESG Closure (Album) Not On Label (ESG Self-released) none US 2012 Sell This Version
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none What More Can You Take?  — ESG ESG What More Can You Take? (Album) ESG Records (2) none 2017 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

FAC 34 You're No Good — ESG ESG You're No Good (Single) Factory FAC 34 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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99-04 EP, FAC 34 ESG — ESG ESG ESG (EP) 99 Records (2), 99 Records (2) 99-04 EP, FAC 34 US 1981 Sell This Version
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99-10EP ESG Says Dance To The Beat Of Moody — ESG ESG ESG Says Dance To The Beat Of Moody (EP) 99 Records (2) 99-10EP US 1982 Sell This Version
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ESG-300 Bam-Bam Jam — ESG ESG II* Bam-Bam Jam(12") Emerald Sapphire & Gold Records ESG-300 US 1987 Sell This Version
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POP19 Party Music / Moody (A New Mood) — ESG E.S.G.* Party Music / Moody (A New Mood) Popular Records POP19 US 1988 Sell This Version
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PW461 Erase You / Standing In Line — ESG ESG Erase You / Standing In Line Pow Wow Records PW461 US 1991 Sell This Version
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NEGA 789, NUX 104 Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills! — ESG ESG Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills!(12", EP, Ltd) Nega Fulô Records, Nuphonic NEGA 789, NUX 104 US 1992 Sell This Version
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CTT42 Moody — ESG ESG Moody C.T. Records CTT42 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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US LP 9-12 Moody / UFO — ESG ESG Moody / UFO (Single) Universal Sound US LP 9-12 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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SJR 064-07 My Street — ESG ESG My Street (Single) Soul Jazz Records SJR 064-07 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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TSR011 More G.D.M. Vol. 5 — ESG E.S.G.* / Freddie Mas E.S.G.* / Freddie Mas - More G.D.M. Vol. 5 Tigersushi, Tigersushi TSR011 France 2003 Sell This Version
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SJR 109-12 Dance — ESG ESG Dance(12", S/Sided, Promo, W/Lbl) Soul Jazz Records SJR 109-12 UK 2005 Sell This Version
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SJR 138-12 Insane — ESG ESG Insane Soul Jazz Records SJR 138-12 UK 2006 Sell This Version
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BLAZE 184 Dance / Tiny Sticks — ESG ESG Dance / Tiny Sticks(7") Fire Records BLAZE 184 UK 2010 Sell This Version
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BLAZE 45193 Erase You — ESG ESG / Las Kellies ESG / Las Kellies - Erase You(7", Single, Ltd) Fire Records BLAZE 45193 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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BLAZE221 The Moody EP — ESG ESG The Moody EP (EP) Fire Records BLAZE221 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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none Not My First (Rodeo) — ESG ESG Not My First (Rodeo)(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (ESG Self-released) none US 2022
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Compilations

PRO 7419 ESG — ESG ESG ESG (Album, Comp) Pow Wow Records PRO 7419 US 1991 Sell This Version
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PRO 7461 Dance Explosion Volume One — ESG Tribal House / ESG / Love Tempo Tribal House / ESG / Love Tempo - Dance Explosion Volume One(12", Comp, Promo) Pow Wow Records PRO 7461 US 1992 Sell This Version